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Hmmm… have you thought about what you’ll be feeding those hungry learners? If your kids were in public school you may not have had to think much about it before. If you plan to homeschool then you will be feeding them at least three meals a day and maybe a few snacks in between.
This can turn into a chaotic juggling act if you aren’t prepared. How do we prevent meal time chaos in our home? By meal planning. I even plan out snacks sometimes so I don’t forget to include them on my grocery list. Check out this link for some Healthy Snacks to Go.
It might seem like a lot of trouble but when you find a system that works for then it is so easy. It will actually save you time and money in the long run. This is also a helpful thing even if you don’t homeschool.
Check out this post for some quick and easy breakfast ideas to help you beat that morning chaos and fill those tummies with a nutritious breakfast to start their day off right. Here is another link for even more ideas: The Healthy Breakfast Book.
Lunch is another important meal. I like to use meal prep containers to fix lunches in the morning. Then at lunch time I just pull the containers out of the fridge and hand them out. These also work well for packed lunches. Check out this link for some bread free lunch ideas or this one for easy lunches kids can make.
Then we have dinner. As a homeschooling Momma I know how hard it can be to get through some days. The last thing I want to do is stand in front of the wide open fridge looking for inspiration. Having a meal plan keeps me on task and helps me to be prepared for those nightly meals. I love using my Cozi calendar, which you can download for free, to help me keep up with my meal plans.
Those meal prep containers are also useful for putting away leftovers for lunch the next day!
You can also google or search Amazon for ‘freezer cooking recipes‘ for meals that can be prepared ahead of time. These come in handy for emergencies or days when you really just don’t feel like cooking. I don’t have any freezer meals made up at the moment but I do plan to have a freezer cooking day soon because I know from past experience that it will be time well spent. (Since writing this I have been making it a goal to put at least 2 or 3 meals a week in the freezer. I simply double the recipes I am making and pop half of it away for later. This has been a HUGE lifesaver since we are so busy somedays.)
You can read more about my daily routines here. You can also check out these posts for more ideas:
- 30+ Days of Quick and Easy Back To School Breakfast Ideas
- Feeding an army, part 1
- Feeding an army, part 2
- Meal Planning
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